Today’s Dame of the Day is Albina Ruiz. When she earned her bachelor’s degree, this Peruvian industrial engineer was the only woman the program. Ruiz went on to found Ciudad Saludable, a non-profit centered around community-managed waste collection. The Peruvian government consulted with Ruiz to develop a national plan for waste management and her efforts led to legislation regulating the country’s recycling procedures.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Ruth Shady (December 29, 1946-). In addition to serving as director of the Museo Nacional de Arqueología y Antropología del Perú and the Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, Shady also conducts her own research. Shady discovered Caral, the first known civilization of Peru. The preceramic site contains artifacts dating back to 2627 B.C.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Isabel Allende (August 2, 1942-). At the beginning of her career, she translated romance novels from Spanish to English but was reprimanded for rewriting the text to make the female characters more intelligent. Later on, she wrote her own novels, blending personal details from her own life with magical realism to become one of the most read authors in the Spanish-speaking world.